Eating right is vital if you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes. While exercise is also important, what you eat has the biggest impact when it comes to weight loss. But what does eating right for diabetes mean? Your may be surprised to hear that your nutritional needs are virtually the same as everyone else: no special foods or complicated diets are necessary.
A diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat, and moderate in calories. It is a healthy diet for anyone! The only difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat. There are a number of fabulous cookbooks on the market that can be used as a resource to create nutrient-rich recipes that are low in sugar, low in fat and high in fiber. Here are a number of popular diabetic cookbooks:
- American Diabetes Association Diabetes Cookbook: This book not only provides an explanation of the symptoms of diabetes, but also offers ways to keep blood glucose levels in check through low-sugar, low-fat and high-fiber recipes.
- Fix-It and Enjoy-It Diabetic Cookbook: The New York Times bestselling cookbook by Phyllis Pellman-Good includes over 500 nutritional and easy-to-make recipes. This book is targeted mainly to people who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes.
- Betty Crocker’s Diabetes Cookbook: This book does not completely eliminate white sugar from your diet. Rather, it uses sugar as an ingredient in some recipes, while still keeping the goal of healthy, manageable eating.
- The Joslin Diabetes Quick and Easy Cookbook: This book shows you that you don’t need to cook for hours to have a delicious meal. The sidebars throughout the book offer time-saving techniques and helpful cooking and preparation tips for diabetic-friendly meals.
- Eating Well Diabetes Cookbook: Produced by Eating Well magazine, this book includes recipes on how to eat healthy while traveling, shares diverse menu plans, and provides over 100 tips on how to control carbohydrate intake.